I have been running with the Naim nait 5i-2 ( supported by a sealed subwoofer - for the low end ) quite satisfactorily for 4 years now.
My speakers are stand mount 2 way sealed type and 87dB sensitive and i feel they could use more juice ( head room ) and more control and this will help the speakers perform at their optimum.
Like most of us - i have been contemplating a change but i find that its very hard to get real value at a price approaching GBP 1500
My options are :- ( all pre loved )
a. Naim Xs-2
b. Naim XS ( 60W ) ( older one )
c. NAC 202 + NAP 200
d, If i stretch - then an SN2
e. Non Naim options - are not mentioned here
f, Naim Nait 5si
My source is a Philips CD 750 and a Technics SL1210 TT and i do have a decent collection on CD and vinyl.
I am aware a Naim source would be nice . i do not want to do down the DAC route or the streaming route.
It has been my bad luck that Naim Cd5XS i had trouble with and i had to give it away.
I would like to keep my gear for 4 years atleast and the MERLIN speakers are here to stay.
No negotiating on that :-)
Which of the above options would be best value - preferably without getting into the power supply and multiple boxes game ?
I am aware my budget is not very much but thats what i can afford at the moment.
The plus point with Naim Nait 5i-2 is its re-sale value - which is excellent and i dont know if the Naim XS would command a similar value.
Sometimes i feel like storing the Naim Nait 5i-2 away - save it for the day when i am old and live in a smaller home with my music